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As a minimalist, I often found that shopping for a baby was, surprisingly, one of the less enjoyable experiences of my pregnancy. There were just so many options and seemingly endless decision-making for products I knew nothing about. How would I know which items my baby would prefer; which products I would prefer?

The truth is, I wouldn’t. Until my baby arrived, I could only read reviews, listen to advice and heed the wisdom of those before me. And then, once my sweet newborn bundle was in my arms, I could do little more than trust that I had fastened a nest she could be comforted in. Yet now that my sweet newborn bundle is a bright-eyed six-month-old, I’m still figuring out what her needs (and mine) might be as she grows and changes throughout the various stages of baby-dom. Such is the nature of parenthood, right?

Still, there are a few necessities that I found incredibly helpful during those early days of postpartum adjustments – and beyond. Below, I’ve listed what I like to call the Essential Toolkit For First-Time Mothers: The Postpartum Edition. You’ll find a slew of items that kept me afloat before, during and shortly after the transition from woman to mother. Each product will include a few different options, because as we all know, every mama is different! (Note: Any asterisk* is a product or brand I use – and love! – in my own home.)

Go on; stock up on these necessities before you welcome that bundle of joy, and rest easy knowing you’re going to be an amazing mother – whatever the size, shape or color your nest might be.

 

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1. Nursing Balm

One of my biggest surprises of motherhood was just how painful nursing turned out to be. If you plan to nurse, keep a few tubes of nursing balm on hand for soothing relief of cracked and sore nipples. What To Try: Medela Tender Care Lanolin ($9.99) or Mustela Nursing Comfort Balm ($14)

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2. Pacifier

You’re baby may not take to a pacifier right away (or ever!), so don’t worry about investing in multiples until you’re sure you’ve got a super-sucker on your hands. What To Try: Natursutten Orthodontic Pacifier ($7.95) or Dr. Browns Perform Pacifier ($6)

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3. Baby Monitor
Baby monitors are key for resting easy during those early newborn days of crib-and-nursery adjustment. After all, mamas need all the sleep they can get, right? What To Try: Motorola Color video Baby Monitor  ($199.99) or Safety 1st Comfort Zone Audio Monitor ($49.99)

 

 

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4. Bassinet

Our newborn slept in our room for the first few weeks before we developed any sort of schedule, so a bassinet was essential for safe, worry-free Zzzs.

What To Try: Offi Nest Bassinet ($999), Stokke Bounc’n'Sleep Daybed   ($200) or Hushamok Organic Baby Hammock ($195).

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5. Car Seat

For follow-up trips to the doctor and the obligatory drive-around-the-block-to-soothe-the-baby-to-sleep car rides, a car seat will likely get quite a bit of use in those early days.

What To Try:

Orbit Baby Infant Car Seat & Base G2 ($440) or

Maxi-Cosi Mico Infant Car Seat  ($189.99).

 

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6. Baby Carrier

During those first trying (crying?) months the only thing that would, without a doubt, calm Bee was a ride in her carrier. What To Try: ERGOBaby Organic Carrier ($135), Beco Gemini Baby Carrier ($129) or Moby Organic Wrap ($62.95)

 

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7. Nasal Aspirator

File this under “Products You’ll Forget About Until It’s 2AM And The Baby Is Congested.” Nasal aspirators aren’t the fanciest items to purchase for baby, but are life-savers when your little bundle is suffering from a stuffy nose.

What To Try: Safety 1st ProGrade Nasal Aspirator ($25) or Fridababy Nasal Aspirator ($16).

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8. Baby Mittens

Who knew those tiny nails could be so sharp? Baby mittens were a must for our own little one, who loved to fall asleep scratching her cheeks. What To Try: Satsuma Designs Bamboo Baby Mittens ($10) or Guavakids Baby Mittens ($12)

 

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9. Rocker / Glider

I’d never imagined falling asleep in a rocker until those dream feedings crept into my life. A comfortable rocker was one of the best investments I ever made!

What To Try: Monte Design Joya Rocker ($895) or Nurseryworks Storytime Rocker ($650).

 

Congratulations mamas and happy shopping!

about erin4 Erin Loechners Essential Toolkit For First Time Mothers: The Postpartum EditionAbout the Writer: Erin Loechner began blogging (or web logging / online journaling, if you will) top ten lists and childhood stories in 2001 as a college freshman. Although her love for the medium hasn’t changed, the subject matter has evolved into a small corner of the Internet she uses to collect curiosities and display her findings accordingly. She can be found blogging at Design for Mankind and Design for MiniKind.

 

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Melissa M. on March 4th, 2013 | 1 Comment -